Lebanese State Sues MP Hadi Hbeish
The Lebanese state, represented by the head of the lawsuits dept. at the Justice Ministry Judge Hilana Iskandar and its legal delegate the lawyer Rabih al-Fakhri, has filed a lawsuit against MP Hadi Hbeish, the National News Agency reported on Thursday.
The lawsuit accuses Hbeish of “launching a public assault against Mount Lebanon Prosecutor Judge Ghada Aoun in front of all those present in the lobby of the Justice Palace in Baabda on Wednesday.”
It also calls for “arresting him and referring him to the relevant judicial authorities and obliging him to pay not less than $100 million in compensations to the Lebanese state in light of the harm that his actions caused to the prestige of the state and its judiciary.”
NNA noted that Hbeish’s actions are punishable under articles 381 and 382 of the penal code.
Judge Aoun had earlier in the day filed a personal lawsuit against Hbeish, accusing him of libel, slander and the launch of threats, demanding his interrogation, detention and prosecution.
The judge attached video recordings showing how Hbeish “stormed her office and insulted her in person,” NNA said.
Videos that emerged Wednesday show Hbeish launching a blistering verbal attack on Aoun outside her office.
The lawmaker, who is also a lawyer, accused the judge of “corruption” and “thuggery” in connection with her decision to order the arrest of Huda Salloum -- the head of the Traffic, Trucks and Vehicles Management Authority -- over a graft lawsuit.